Deathtale – Apocalyptic Deadline.

The opening track of Apocalyptic Deadline begins with a beating heart which is the slowest beat on the album by Austrian metal band Deathtale. Guitars build up  and as the heartbeat flatlines   all hell literally breaks loose with next track  Suffering Rain. I was expecting  a death metal album to review and the vocals of Jan Geyer tip the scales in that direction but the music is pure old school German thrash metal, immediately bringing to mind early Destruction and Sodom.

Most of the 11 tracks continue in this vein apart from the 1st half of Suspicious Behaviour with its Iron Maiden guitar intro leading into a crushing groove with half  spoken/sung vocals and the Entombed style crunch of Erased, probably the most intense track on Apocalyptic Deadline. The album is a rollercoaster ride of classic thrash metal with a tour de force drum assault by Thomas Krautner and dizzying rhythm/lead guitar work from Peter Musch and Max Denger.

Deathtale were formed in 1994 when they were known as Demolition and released 4 full length studio albums. A name change to Demolition Reloaded in 2008  resulted in them having to change  their name again in March 2009 when they became Deathtale. Apocalyptic Deadline was recorded in October 2011 and released April 14th via Terrasound Records.

Deathtale band line up :-

Thomas Krautner- Drums.

Phil Spath- Bass.

Jan Geyer- Vocals.

Peter Musch- Guitars.

Max Denger- Guitars.

Album track listing :-

Apocalyptic Deadline.

Suffering Rain.

Blood Trial.


Suspicious Behaviour.


Imagine The Pain.


Back In Anger.

15 Dead.

This Bullet.


I award Apocalptic Deadline 9/10.



About Dennis Jarman

Full time downtrodden album/gig reviewer and part time rock God!